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Administration Guide

FortiMail management methods

After you install the FortiMail unit, you can configure and manage the unit with one of the following two methods:

  • the web-based manager
  • the command line interface (CLI)
Note

The CLI is only available to administrator accounts whose Domain is System. It is not available to domain (tiered) administrator accounts. For more information on domain administrators, see About administrator account permissions and domains.

Depending on the FortiMail unit’s model number, you may also be able to reset the configuration and to configure basic settings such as operation mode and IP addresses using the buttons and LCD on the front panel. For details, see Configuring system options.

Note

This Administration Guide describes the web UI. For equivalent documentation of the CLI, see the FortiMail CLI Reference.

Basic mode versus advanced mode

The web-based manager enables you to configure the FortiMail unit by connecting to the FortiMail unit through a web browser. The web UI has two modes: standard mode and advanced mode.

  • Standard mode
  • Provides easy navigation using a simplified set of menu options that allow for many, but not all, typical FortiMail unit configurations. Less frequently used options are hidden, and some configurations are simplified by providing you with pre-defined configuration sets.

  • Advanced mode
  • Provides the full set of menu options which allows you to achieve more complex configurations.

You can switch between the basic mode and advanced mode of the web UI at any time with no configuration loss. If, for example, you prefer standard mode but need to configure an item available only in advanced mode, you can switch to advanced mode, configure the item, then switch back to standard mode. To switch between the two modes, select either Standard Mode or Advanced Mode from the dropdown list on the top right corner of the web UI.

FortiMail management methods

After you install the FortiMail unit, you can configure and manage the unit with one of the following two methods:

  • the web-based manager
  • the command line interface (CLI)
Note

The CLI is only available to administrator accounts whose Domain is System. It is not available to domain (tiered) administrator accounts. For more information on domain administrators, see About administrator account permissions and domains.

Depending on the FortiMail unit’s model number, you may also be able to reset the configuration and to configure basic settings such as operation mode and IP addresses using the buttons and LCD on the front panel. For details, see Configuring system options.

Note

This Administration Guide describes the web UI. For equivalent documentation of the CLI, see the FortiMail CLI Reference.

Basic mode versus advanced mode

The web-based manager enables you to configure the FortiMail unit by connecting to the FortiMail unit through a web browser. The web UI has two modes: standard mode and advanced mode.

  • Standard mode
  • Provides easy navigation using a simplified set of menu options that allow for many, but not all, typical FortiMail unit configurations. Less frequently used options are hidden, and some configurations are simplified by providing you with pre-defined configuration sets.

  • Advanced mode
  • Provides the full set of menu options which allows you to achieve more complex configurations.

You can switch between the basic mode and advanced mode of the web UI at any time with no configuration loss. If, for example, you prefer standard mode but need to configure an item available only in advanced mode, you can switch to advanced mode, configure the item, then switch back to standard mode. To switch between the two modes, select either Standard Mode or Advanced Mode from the dropdown list on the top right corner of the web UI.